LCA-based hotspot analysis of food products to inform major Chilean retailer’s sustainability strategy
Edge Environment and Fundación Chile are presenting at the International Conference on LCA in the Agri-Food sector (2 to 4 October 2012) in St Malo, France.
Our paper reports on a project with a major Chilean retailer to: engage their merchants and suppliers to focus efforts on science-based hotspots; provide a starting point for industry engagement to begin implementation of management practices based on life cycle information; and develop a product category specific measurement and reporting system. Product category life cycle assessments (LCAs) have been carried forward for nine food products – milk, chicken meat, blueberries, apples, grapes, avocados, wine, beer and pasta – using a common methodology. This includes normalisation and weighting factors specific to Chile, resulting in a weighted environmental impact score called the Daily Eco-Impact Indicator.
The paper will be published after the conference.